Effect of inner wall rotation on multicellular natural convection flow in a vertical annulus

A. Sergent, P. Le Quéré, S. P. Vanka

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Numerical simulations have been performed to study the effects of the inner wall rotation on the unsteady multicellular flow of natural convection in the conductive regime (Ra = 8000). We consider a tall air-filled vertical annulus between differentially heated concentric cylinders with the inner cylinder allowed to rotate. The unsteady Boussinesq equations are discretized using a finite volume method with a second order time stepping scheme. The natural convection flow is axisymmetric in this regime, whereas it is known that the mixed convection flow becomes 3D over a range of Reynolds number. We observe the transition in a range of Reynolds number close to the critical Reynolds number of the Taylor-Couette flow. The rotation has a weak influence on the axisymmetric time-periodic natural convection flow before the transition, whereas the flow becomes 3D and chaotic after.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2003 ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference, Volume 3
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2003
Event2003 ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference (HT2003) - Las Vegas, NV, United States
Duration: Jul 21 2003Jul 23 2003

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference


Other2003 ASME Summer Heat Transfer Conference (HT2003)
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas, NV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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